Definition of swelling
1 : something that is swollen; specifically : an abnormal bodily protuberance or localized enlargement
2 : the condition of being swollen
Examples of swelling in a Sentence
There was a swelling above her eye.
The swelling around her eye should subside in a few days.
Recent Examples of swelling from the Web
Powassan encephalitis (brain swelling) kills about 10% of infected victims.
But Bryant credited a number of methods, including an ice compressor, for reducing the swelling.
There may be minor swelling, two light red spots by the bite site, and pain in the back of the abdomen and occasionally feet.
Eating fish may help reduce the joint pain and swelling of rheumatoid arthritis, a new study has found.
Symptoms of the lymphoma usually include painful swelling and fluid buildup around the implant.
If untreated, the infection can spread out, causing arthritis, heart inflammation, dysfunction of nerves, or brain swelling.
Osteoarthritis can affect any joint when the cartilage wears off over time, often striking big joints like the knee, causing pain, swelling and stiffness.
While there is no cure, recommendations to treat symptoms include eating soft foods, applying ice packs to ease pain or swelling, and avoiding extreme jaw movements such as wide yawning, loud singing and gum chewing.
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First Known Use of swelling
before 12th century
SWELLING Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of swelling for English Language Learners
: an area on someone's body that is larger than normal because of an illness or injury
: the condition of being larger than normal
SWELLING Defined for Kids
Definition of swelling for Students
: a swollen lump or part
Medical Definition of swelling
: an abnormal bodily protuberance or localized enlargement an inflammatory swelling
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